Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
A RAUCOUS TIME is Free - lst March - 5th March
The first of the Celtic Cousins' Adventures goes FREE tomorrow until March 5th!
Rhyllann Jones's geeky cousin Wren is convinced an ancient diary can lead them to the mythical treasure of Bad King John, last seen 900 years ago. Trouble is, "The Brotherhood" will stop at nothing to get to it first. Even more dangerous in Rhyllann's eyes is Detective Inspector Crombie. This father of four daughters knows Rhyllann is lying, and is certain Wren is a master manipulator. Crombie is determined to keep the boys safe at any costs. This leads "The Brotherhood" to take desperate action to learn the secrets Wren keeps, plunging Crombie and Rhyllann into a race against time across the wild Cornish moors.
“But the treasure is guarded. He who wishes to enter the secret chamber must first ensure he knows of the Celtic rites and mysteries. No other hand is permitted to touch Caliburn, sacred sword of the Celtic Nations.”
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Ten five star reviews on Amazon.com, many thanks to Teen Witch, who was the last to comment :
"I loved A Ripple in Time, so I went back for more. "A Raucous Time" is a first book in a series and I would recommend reading it before the two? that follow. You get more background information. Julia Hughes is an outstanding author and she entertains you with her wit and keen eye for observation. You'll learn all about Wren, his cousin Rhyllan and a tough acting, but actually loveable cop named Crombie. The story is about of all things, the search for lost gold - King John's missing treasure. Do they find it? You'll have to read this wild book to find out. I'm reading An Explosive Time next." A lovely review, and thank you so much!
A friend called to tell me he was taking me to the cinema – apparently there was film showing that was right up my street – "It's crazy weird and beautiful: you're going to love it."
He was so wrong. Cloud Atlas is not crazy, it makes perfect sense, and for weird – substitute the word innovative. Beautiful is too small a word to describe the poetry of the screenplay and I didn't merely 'love' it – I fell in love with Cloud Atlas and all the many layered stories contained within.
The underlying theme is that we are all connected, actions we take now impact on future generations in ways we cannot imagine. Not only do our deeds continue to reverberate down through time, but art can capture the imaginations and even provide the inspiration for a revolution.
Oppression, slavery and falling were constant themes too – however zipping in and out of each story at the speed of light, there were moments of high comic relief provided by Jim Broadbent as an egoistical publisher, who became the prisoner of Hugo Weaving playing the indomitable Nurse Noakes.
Each story in itself is a masterpiece – the actors, the photography, the music – Cloud Atlas could easily have been shown as three separate films. These stories are combined and interwoven, zapping from one place and time to another – the film takes no prisoners – keep up, or be left behind – but even to be trailing along in the wake of brilliance is an experience not to be missed. Countless little jolts of pleasure as you spot a reference to a previous or yet to be story provide a multitude of "Aha – so that's why …" moments, although some are more subtle than others, and so tonight, I'm going to watch Cloud Atlas for the third time in four days, simply because I'm in love with this amazing, innovative, beautiful, brilliant masterpiece.
It's unlikely any of the people connected with this film will ever read this review, but if by the slightest chance they do, I want to say thank you for making this film one of the greatest experiences ever. Especial thanks to David Mitchell for daring to be different, and allowing others to be inspired by your imagination.
For a more in-depth review, I recommend "A Soul's Odyssey" by Connor of Canada at this site.
I'm absolutely thrilled to interview Charlie Plunkett on my site, as part of Charlie's Mega Book Blog Tour! Charlie dropped by to chat last year, and I'm delighted to be able to catch up with this multi-talented lady once more.
Hello Charlie and welcome back! I know since we last spoke, your beautiful little boy has started full time school – the first major milestone! Your house must seem very quiet during term times!
Hi Julia it is an absolute pleasure to be back, thank you so much for having me.
Yes since Cole started school full-time the house has become more of an office than the fun playground it was and I particularly miss him at lunchtime as that was always our special time. Since he started school full-time I’ve found that I get so stuck into my writing I lose track of time and sometimes lunch is very late, a very bad habit I must nip in the bud!
You’ll have to set an alarm clock for lunch!
Your "True Diaries" are packed with great advice for brides to be, mums to be, and new mums – do you have any advice to give to parents up and down the country on coping with their child's first day of full time education?
Oh my goodness that is such a difficult one, I thought I was going to be OK with Cole going to school and my biggest worry was that he may not like it. His happiness is so important to me and I knew if he cried I couldn’t just leave him. Fortunately his school is attached to his nursery so he already had his best friend with him and when the tambourine was shaken he ran to sit down with hardly a backward glance for his mummy and daddy. I clearly remember coming home and trying to do some housework but the house felt so empty. I tweeted the news that my little boy had started school and had so many lovely tweets of support I was soon a blubbering wreck! My mum telephoned and the best bit of advice she gave me was that instead of looking at it as the end of an era, to celebrate the fact that he was progressing and starting on new adventures.
Good advice indeed, and proof, if any were needed that mum still knows best, and grand-mums know best of all!
I know that since we last chatted, you've done a marvellous job in gathering together one hundred little words from child care givers (parents, grandparents, etc) and compiling them all into one fantastic book called appropriately enough "100 Little Words on Parenthood". It's a fantastic concept, how did the idea occur?
I have good old twitter to thank for the idea as I had just started using it and was struggling to condense my words to the 140 characters. I was also working on another parenting book and pondered on whether it would be possible to write about all aspects of parenthood in just 100 words and there my idea was born.
Twitter has a lot to answer for! Would you have done anything differently?
I really don’t think so, no. I am a very organic, go with the flow type of person and this is reflected in my writing. I didn’t actively seek particular people to help me I just put it out there (ahem twitter again!) and was overwhelmed by the amazing and extremely talented people who offered to help me. As well as being the greatest group of parents many of them are well known bloggers, authors and experts. I got very lucky and am still pinching myself at their generous and supportive spirits.
"100 Little Words on Parenthood" has received some amazing reviews, can you share one of your favourites?
I have been overwhelmed by the lovely reviews so it is hard to choose, but this one encapsulates what many have said and makes me feel that I succeeded in compiling a book that truly does make parents feel good about this amazing journey we are all on.
‘When I was pregnant I read everything I could about pregnancy and parenting. Most books went into great detail. But 100 Little Words on Parenthood gives you all the best bits cut down into 100 word snippets. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, but most of all as a parent it makes you realise you’re not alone!’
Wonderful praise and very well deserved! Your radio show on Coastway Hospital Radio has become a "must listen to" in our house – how did you break into show biz?
Unintentionally I promise you although I do come from a theatrical background. I trained as a ballerina, danced in a Mexican circus and worked in the film and TV industry for many years. But the radio show was a fortuitous circumstance I have my lovely hubby Dave to thank for. I made him a little late for his job one day as I was being interviewed for BBC Radio. It turned out that the chap he was working for had connections to Coastway Hospital Radio and suggested I pop in for a chat. I’ve now been hosting my own show “Charlie’s World” every Saturday night for the last couple of years and love it.
You certainly have a natural talent for communication with people – and working in a Mexican circus sounds intriguing – perhaps you can tell us more next time you drop by!
Finally, what's next in the pipeline? Can you share any upcoming projects with us?
Well, I do need to finish “The Toddler Files”, the book I put aside to complete “100 Little Words on Parenthood”. I have a partially written theatrical memoir that I would love to complete as it is a part of my life I haven’t shared yet with my readers, it’s all been weddings and babies and there is a whole different side to me ‘jazz hands’ and all, that I would like to share. Answering this question it’s occurred to me that I have a lot of unfinished books! I have another work in progress a non-fiction book about smell and finally this year may be the year I try out writing some fiction for the first time. I have two ideas that won’t go away so I’m guessing there are going to be a lot of late nights ahead.
Exciting times ahead for Charlie and her fans! Be certain to keep up with Charlie, full details of her Mega Blog Book Hop, are available on Charlie’s own site now!
The Great Griffin Giveaway breaks into a canter – today we're the guests of Laura Howard, at her wonderful site "Finding Bliss", come along and join us – we're missing you! Please join in the fun – and try your luck at the free to enter competition for your chance to win a signed paperback copy of "The Griffin Cryer" when it's released some time in March. If you can't wait till then, the ebook format is only 99 cents, around 77p.
"The Griffin Cryer" is also receiving some heart warming reviews, which are extremely welcome – 23 reviews giving an average of 4.7 stars on the US site, with a wonderful 6 reviews on the UK site, all 5 starers! You can read reviews and download a free sample with this one click link:
"The Griffin Cryer" on Amazon's virtual shelves for only 99cents/77p!
Happy February everyone! As Shelley said, "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" Much as I love warm cozy nights in with plenty of nothing but reading to do, I can't wait for spring, and longer daylight hours. St David's Day on the first of March is always special in our house, this year even more so, as we plan to release "The Griffin Cryer" in print. Browsing through the reviews already left for the ebook version, some readers have been kind enough to express their hope for a sequel; a few have even emailed to say how much they enjoyed the read, and they too have asked if there'll be more adventures featuring Frankie and her new found friends. The answer is "yes" – there is so much more to explore! I may need a little help though, as the next in series will feature even more griffins – and they all deserve appropriate griffin-ish names. So if you've a favourite griffin name, please don't be shy – I'd love to hear your suggestions!
There is of course a reward: Your choice of either an advance reader copy of the new work in progress or a signed copy of the paperback version of "The Griffin Cryer". Either leave a comment, or use the form below, and if your name is chosen by a griffin, you'll receive notification via email.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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